The number of Arizona parents choosing to not have their children vaccinated is increasing.Back in 2003, only 1.6 percent of kindergartners weren't vaccinated due to a personal-belief or religious exemption. As of last school year, a decade later, that rate more than doubled, to 3.9 percent.
A federal judge denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction against new abortion regulations that limit the use of abortions by medication in the state.The new regulations take effect today.
Yet another new Arizona abortion law has resulted in a lawsuit.The latest lawsuit, filed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights, alleges a new regulation that restricts how medicated abortions are administered is unconstitutional.David Brown, a staff attor ... More >>
Women's-health experts have issued guidelines that allow women to chose the option of a medicated abortion at up to nine weeks of pregnancy, but Arizona doctors won't be able to follow the protocol anymore.The Arizona Department of Health Services released new rules to comply with House Bill 2036, s ... More >>
Good thing someone's been keeping track of what parents named their children last year.The Arizona Department of Health Services released the list of the 100 most-popular baby names for boys and girls, with number one being Liam for boys (369 new Liams in 2013) and Sophia for girls (581 of 'em).
The Arizona Department of Health Services has released a database showing, among other things, which hospitals people tend to leave dead a little more than average.The database shows rates of dying at hospitals around the state, and it's separated by the reason that someone's admitted to the hospita ... More >>
Hooray for food! Yes, we love food. We talk about it all day every day here on Chow Bella, but what exactly is Food Day? In short, Food Day is about supporting clean, fair food through community-driven events and reenergizing the conversation on the same day, every year. The Center for Science in ... More >>
Despite the Arizona Department of Health Services reporting that the number of abortions increased about 26 percent from 2010 to 2011, the lobbying organization Center for Arizona Policy says the same numbers from DHS actually show a decrease in the number of abortions.CAP president Cathi Herrod say ... More >>
Just about every legislative session, the pro-choice crowd causes a stink with all the anti-abortion bills promoted by the Center for Arizona Policy, and the lobbying organization takes credit for nine such bills being passed into law since 2010.According to numbers released today by the Arizona Dep ... More >>
If you follow Arizona's medical marijuana program as closely as sports fans follow their teams, this one's for you -- the dispensary lottery will be streaming live online Tuesday.The applicants have different odds of obtaining the approval to start up a dispensary on "Selection Tuesday," as there ar ... More >>
Too bad J.K. Rowling couldn't come up with cuter names for her magical literary characters -- or at least names we could pronounce on this side of the pond (say it slowly ... "her-my-ah-knee"). In 2011, "Isabella" and "Jacob" (also the names of the two main characters in Stephenie Meyer's Tw ... More >>
Will Humble, director of the state Department of Health Services, got the notion to ask the state Attorney General's office whether cannabis clubs were legal after reading last week's feature article in New Times, says a DHS spokeswoman.We figured that might have been the case and wrote in a ... More >>
Image: Arizona Department of Health ServicesWill Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, writes in his latest blog post that his agency has "serious concerns" about the legality of cannabis clubs. The rise of medical marijuana clubs in Arizona is giving state ... More >>
Arizona leaders are preparing to ask to the feds to put a halt to Arizona's medical marijuana program. * UPDATE: Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says no dispensary permits will be issued until a federal court rules on the legality of the program. He's not sure how long that will take. * ... More >>
A horse in Arizona does.An outbreak of horse herpes has forced the closure of a Queen Creek Park.Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre will be closed through at least June 2 to prevent the spread of the horse herpes, which is currently spreading throughout the Southwest.
www.cornell.eduSlutCody Beck is a 19-year-old college student from Prescott who we wrote about last year in regards to his sexual attraction to horses -- and he better start wrappin' it up; horse herpes has hit Arizona.The Arizona Department of Health Services just announced that an Arizona ... More >>
hempbeach.comThursday was the first day for hopeful medical marijuana patients to apply for their voter-mandated medicine, and ADHS spokeswoman Laura Oxley tells New Times the Arizona Department of Health Services approved 44 out of the 65 applications processed by 3 p.m. The department ende ... More >>
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Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, explains how rules for the state's medical pot system attempt to screen out recreational users.A state database under development will help regulators figure out whether money-minded doctors and recreational pot use ... More >>
Proposed restrictions on Arizona's voter-approved medical marijuana law are worse than illegal, says one Valley doc -- they're "cruel and unreasonable." Edgar Suter, a Mesa doctor of nuclear medicine, writes in an a lengthy call-to-arms today that the state Department of Heal ... More >>
The Arizona Department of Health Services released a draft of rules today for the launch of a medical-marijuana program authorized by the voter-approved Proposition 203.Let the debate begin.The draft rules place additional restrictions on the law in terms of what defines a doctor-patient relation ... More >>
This just in from the Arizona Department of Health Services: You might want to think twice before cutting the cheese. From a DHS news release sent out this afternoon: More than two dozen cases of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in five states are likely tied to cheese sold or tasted at ... More >>
We admit that we don't typically spend a lot of time perusing the recall press releases on the Food and Drug Administration website, but in a quest to find an update on that whole egg mess (update: millions more eggs have been toss into the suspicious pile; here's the latest from the Arizona ... More >>
www.icanhazcheezburger.comThe Arizona Department of Health Services today issued a warning for Arizona residents over an influx in rabies cases seen around the state, and the usual suspects are once again bats and bobcats.According to the ADHS, there were three bobcat attacks in Arizon ... More >>
Stock up on dry ice, or you'll have to eat all this fast...Last night's storm knocked out power in some sections of the Valley -- and with more thunderstorms expected this weekend, some of you could be facing a few nights of candles and takeout. Oh, darn. We hate being without electri ... More >>
www.deviantart.netIn China, 2009 was the year of the cow. In Arizona, however, 2009 may have been the year of the rabid bobcat.Officials at the Arizona Department of Health Services say there were more cases of rabies in 2009 than in any other year to date, including at least two rabid bobc ... More >>
The folks over at the Arizona Department of Health Services seem to have taken a short break from combating pig flu to tackle one of the more, um, pressing issues: Compiling a list of the most popular baby names in Arizona.This year's big winners: Jacob for the boys and Isabella for the ladie ... More >>
wwwuthpastor.com Google has made it possible for the average person to see their house from space, get a 360 degree view of almost any street in the country, and now the company is taking on swine-flu. The Arizona Department of Health Services announced today that it is partnering with ... More >>
www.jollydevilla.comIf the Arizona Department of Health Services had its way, your Thanksgiving dinner would probably be more like visiting a relative in a county jail than a fun family meal.
Don't buy flu products online without your doctor's advice, or you'll probably get scammed. That's the message today from Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. Flu cases are at epic levels in Arizona. Last week alone there were 1,588 new cases of swine flu -- totaling 5,226 since April, ... More >>
Jorge MurilloWe caught wind of this a few hours ago but couldn't confirm it until now -- Jorge Murillo, the state hospital "patient" who escaped custody last week by hopping two fences without anyone seeming to notice, has been captured. Murillo, a 40-year-old Honduran national, who recent ... More >>
The Arizona Department of Health Services will increase its fees for close to 2000 child state care facilities. The current licensing fee for child care providers is $150 for three years. With the increase, licenses will cost between $581 and $13,442, depending on the number of children...It's be ... More >>
Nearly half (48 percent) of 675 physicians polled by a research group believe the H1N1 virus poses some risk for a "catastrophic" global Swine Flu pandemic. The study, done by HCD Research, tracked physicians' opinions weekly since April and found doctors' concerns at an all-time high. "Our ... More >>
The death of a mother during or just after childbirth, like that of Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin's wife, Kerry, is a relatively rare occurence these days, compared to most of human history. Still, the problem remains "significant," says the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio ... More >>
Image: Wikicommons Two more Valley schools will close for seven days after students were found to have swine flu, but health officials say all four known Arizona swine flu cases have been mild. (Note: This article was updated at 3:40 p.m.) The two schools are Tarwater ... More >>
The state tries to halt out-of-control ambulance contracts but cities might have the last word
When it comes to preventing -- and treating -- crystal meth addiction, Arizona may be getting a clue
Arizona has the power to make nursing homes provide good care. Too bad it doesn't use it
After decades of failure, the well-intentioned still don't get it
Phoenix's negligence left hundreds sick from toxic fumes. It's only a matter of time before it happens again.
Food safety requirements get a needed overhaul
Everything you always wanted to know about rabies -- but were afraid to touch
Gang style blasts through popular culture. Can the media be used to fight back?
The state's antitobacco ads get more nauseating--and popular--by the week
Litigation over care fo rArizona's mentally ill ended four years ago. Sowhy have private attorneys racked up more than $1 million in fees since then?